Visit of NiDCOM boss Dabiri-Erewa to rescued Nigerian girls in Ghana

Abike Dabiri-Erewa, the Chairperson of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM), has paid a visit to the 10 Nigerian girls who were rescued in Ghana. These girls had been trafficked to Ghana under false pretenses of being “sales girls” but were actually forced into prostitution.

Strongly condemning human trafficking, Dabiri-Erewa expressed her dismay after her intervention led to the rescue of these Nigerian girls. According to a statement released by Gabriel Odu from NiDCOM’s Public Relations Department, eight of the girls were from Imo State, and two were from Plateau State. They were liberated after the arrest of the perpetrator, who is currently in custody.

A series of videos circulated on Twitter, showing the distressing situation of these young girls aged between 15 and 18, who had fallen victim to prostitution in Ghana. The Nigerians in the Diaspora Organisation in Ghana orchestrated the rescue of these trafficked Nigerian teenagers.

During her trip to Ghana, Dabiri-Erewa met with the rescued girls and applauded the commendable efforts of Calistus Elozieuwa, the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation in Ghana, along with his team.

The successful rescue mission was made possible through the collaboration of multiple stakeholders, including representatives from the Imo State Government, the Eze Igbo of Ghana, and the Acting Nigerian High Commissioner to Ghana, Amb. Adeoye Ifedayo.

Emphasizing the urgency for a long-term solution to combat human trafficking in Nigeria, Dabiri-Erewa declared, “A decisive stance against human traffickers is imperative.” She urged parents to keep a close eye on their children and advocated for united efforts to unmask and prosecute traffickers.

Following their rescue, the girls will be handed over to the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons for counseling and rehabilitation before being repatriated to their home states.

Amb. Ifedayo commended the prompt action of NIDO in Ghana and stressed the crucial need to eradicate human trafficking.

Deputy Speaker of the Imo State House of Assembly, Amara Iwuanyanwu, and the Commissioner for Women Affairs of Imo State, Nkechinyere Ugwu, reiterated their government’s commitment to ensuring the well-being of the rescued girls. The Plateau State Government also pledged full support for the girls’ rehabilitation.

The delegation engaged in dialogue with senior members of the Ghanaian Police, who affirmed their cooperation in the fight against human trafficking.

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